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Kewpie Dolls

Kewpie dolls were based on the Kewpie illustrations by Rose O'Neill. Already the highest-paid female illustrator in the United States, Rose came up with the Kewpie during a low point in her life, when she envisioned little angelic characters that, instead of getting a person into trouble like Cupid, would get a person out of trouble instead. The first Kewpie illustrations appeared in "Ladies Home Journal" in 1909 and were extremely popular.

The Kewpie illustrations led to a series of Kewpie paper dolls and a Kewpie comic strip. Children flooded O'Neill with requests for a Kewpie doll. In 1911, O'Neill partnered with a young art student named Joseph Kallus to sculpt the first Kewpie doll mold. O'Neill then traveled to Germany and contracted with the Kestner Doll company... Read more

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Collection Of Vintage Tbn Rubber Kewpie Dolls

March 24, 2018, 10:00 AM MST
Glendale, AZ, USA

$10 (starting bid)

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